On July 14, France celebrated the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille, with the massive Paris 2021 concert on the Champs de Mars, with the Tour Eiffel in the background. From “the hands” of Ksenija Sidorova, an accordionist of Latvian origin, Libertango was heard together with the French National Orchestra, conducted by Australian teacher Simone Young.
This magnificent work by Piazzolla was first published in 1974 and has been in concert repertoires around the world ever since. It was performed by artists ranging from Grace Jones, to Gary Burton, to Al Di Meola and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Sidorova met Piazzolla when she was just 12 years old, and fell in love with his music. “It took years, until I was able to play something and feel good with that type of music,” he explains in an article in Diario Clarín.(https://www.clarin.com/espectaculos/musica/kzsenija-sidorova-acordeonista-letona-adora-piazzolla-aprendio-castellano-viendo-series-narcos_0_O7sxyfAru.html)
On February 12 of this year, coinciding with the centenary of the birth of the Master, Ksenija published the album Piazzolla Reflections, which includes among others: Chau Paris, Romance del Diablo, Adiós María (María de Buenos Aires), Soledad, and the version de Libertango with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
I hope you enjoy this great interpretation of Paris 2021: